8. helmikuuta 2015

Quick visit to Pori 7.2.2015

Yesterday i made short visit to Pori and met my good friend Petteri Mäkelä there. We had almost full day birding around Pori and i got plenty of new birds on my year list.
I left home very early and i was already driving at 5am. After three hours i arrived to Petteris apartment and we made some plans for the day.
Our first target was week old sighting of Ural Owl and Petteris dad Matti also joined us there. About 30 minutes walk gave us only Goldcrests, Tits and some Greenfinches. Ural Owl place was only part of the big area where we drove around next hour and with few stops we manages to see Rough-legged Buzzard, some Pheasants, flock of 25 Starlings and lost of other common birds.
Little later we went closer to city center and with little guidance of internet, we found flock of four Collared Doves!

Two Collared Doves.

These Doves are very rare in my own area, but here the population is quite stable and living. Let´s hope it will stay that way.
After Doves we went to twitch long staying Common Kingfisher. Nice place where two pipes push running water to river. Sadly the bird was very far away and behind the threes. I took some scoping photos, but as you can see, it was not that easy.

With some imagination you can "see" the bird sitting there. 
Common Kingfisher despite it´s name it is not common bird in Finland. My last was two years a go in Espoo. Next target was Winter Wren and with two stops that was nailed.

Winter Wren wintering in this pile of wood.

Petteri saw the Wren but i had only voice this time. In three months our forests are full of these little birds.
Bearded Tit was very high priority bird for me and because it is quite hard to see in Helsinki area, we went to Kaarluoto and check if we could find some, despite hard wind.
After little walk Petteri were clapping hes hands and we heard very low but clear voice from the reeds. At least one bird was there! Little more wind and we would not be able to hear that voice.


Next stop was in Ulvila cemetery and there we had lone Eurasian Nutcracker. This time i even got some photos of this awesome bird.

Tail with broad white tip.



In these photos you can see long and narrow bill and  broad white tail tip. My opinion this bird is eastern race ssp Macrorhynchos which is coming from E-Russia and Siberia. Of course Finland must be some kind of frontier where we have both subspecies.
After Nutcracker we had nice meal in local kebab place and then we checked few areas near by Ulvila without success. Soon we decided to go back to Petteris place to have some coffee and finally i left back towards Helsinki little after three a clock.
When i was driving in Huittinen area i noticed Eagle flying above the road. From car i saw large white patches in both wings and i immediately knew that this bird must be Golden Eagle! I was in bad place, between two cars so it took me a while to find place to stop. When i finally found good place i saw the bird flying South quite far a way. Anyway, very nice sighting. I think you can´t never see too many Golden Eagles! In my opinion this bird was second calender year bird, so it was born last year. Rest of the driving was easy and i was back home just after sunset.

Thank you Petteri for great company and guidance in Pori again. 78 year ticks so far and more is coming for sure. Next week is mostly working, but let´s see what happens.


2 kommenttia:

  1. That's cool. On saturday I went on a bird tour with Tringa, to Fiskars and Salo. We also got 10 collared doves in Salo, and 5-10 Nutcrackers and 1 Dipper in Fiskars, among others. And in Salo we also got one Hawk Owl and one Long Eared Owl.
    We missed a Bearded Tit and Wrens in Salo, but overall was quite good.
    On Sunday I went to Jatkasaari and got the flocks of Linnet and Twites (first was Finnish tick, second was lifer).
    Next weekend would like to try to find some of the Glaucous Gulls that are around Helsinki, but still don't know where (it would be Finland tick for me, saw one in Norway last year).

  2. Luis, you should go to seurasaari and watch all the gulls from ice and flying. Now almost daily one glaucous gull sen from there! Today one between Munkkiniemi and Kuusisaari. -Tom